366 Days in Jail for Hazmat Shipping Violations?

Posted on 2/4/2019 by Roger Marks

The owner of a trucking company convicted of conspiracy, fraud, obstruction of justice, and hazardous materials shipping violations was recently sentenced to spend 1 year and 1 day in prison. In addition, the owner and his company will pay $1.2 million in monetary penalties.

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Explosion Injures 3 Employees, Reveals Noncompliance 

This enforcement case began when an explosion injured three employees at a slop oil processing and recycling facility. While the driver unloaded a shipment identified as nonhazardous “slop oil and water” into the facility, flammable vapors ignited, causing an explosion and a fire that burned for eight days.

As it turns out, it was not slop oil and water in the truck, but drip gas from a pipeline station. The drip gas was transported without hazardous materials placards or proper hazmat shipping papers. The company also submitted false bills of lading to its insurance company and to OSHA—and held no insurance for carrying drip gas.

This enforcement example illustrates the real-world importance of proper hazmat placards, shipping papers, and employee hazmat training. With those things in place, this incident—and the subsequent consequences—may have been avoided. When a company deceives their supply chain partners in order to get around hazardous materials compliance, workers, the public, and emergency responders can be put in grave danger. 

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